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Bobby Bowden released from hospital after testing positive for coronavirus

Legendary former Seminoles coach, 90, back home
Bobby Bowden at ACC media day in 2009
Posted at 8:51 AM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 08:59:01-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Former Florida State head football coach Bobby Bowden is back home after a hospital stay to be treated for COVID-19.

Bowden family friend Kim Shiff said Thursday the 90-year-old Florida State legend has been released from Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.

He was hospitalized Oct. 6, three days after testing positive for the coronavirus. He had received word of the positive test a few days after returning to his Tallahassee home from a lengthy hospital stay for an infection in his leg.

Bowden, who coached the Seminoles from 1976-2009, won a dozen Atlantic Coast Conference championships and two national titles during his 34 seasons in Tallahassee. He also coached Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke.

The Seminoles won 10 or more games and finished among the top five in the final rankings for 14 straight seasons under Bowden from 1987-2000. During that span, FSU won two national championships and played for three more.

Bowden, who coached the Seminoles from 1976-2009, amassed 377 victories during his career -- 304 of them at FSU.

The playing field at FSU's football stadium is named in his honor.